Illinois Agricultural Education & FFA                
 
  Illinois Ag Ed News  
 
 
 
 
   View All Messages  
     
  Immediate Vacancy- Decatur MacArthur Ag Teacher/FFA Advisor  
  Megan Coy  9/1/2022 5:25:00 PM  
     
 

Immediate Vacancy- Decatur MacArthur Ag Teacher/FFA Advisor

The Dwayne O. Andreas Ag Academy (www.itstartswithag.com) is seeking an Agriculture Teacher/FFA Advisor to join Becca Merrill at MacArthur High School. The successful applicant will take up teaching duties as soon as possible. This teacher would be joining a four teacher team – two at each high school – who work cooperatively to advise two Andreas Academy FFA Chapters, jointly operating horticulture and livestock activities. This current position is located at Decatur’s MacArthur High School, which functions as an independent FFA chapter, and works cooperatively alongside students and teachers from Eisenhower High School’s FFA chapter.

For the 2022-2023 academic year, classroom instruction will take place within the two Decatur high school buildings. For the 2023-2024 academic year, the Andreas Academy will transition most instruction to the $9 million FFA Agriculture Education Center, which is under construction. This facility and adjoining production acreage will house Academy courses and serve as a host site for regional and state chapters to meet for special events.

Created through partnership with the Howard G. Buffett Foundation – www.thehowardgbuffettfoundation.org – the Andreas Academy has grown to 435 students in its fourth year of operation, pursuing an objective to engage non-traditional students in exploring careers in Agriculture. 100% of the students are FFA members, with a focus on encouraging creative SAE immersions. More than 80 area businesses, such as Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), media outlets, family farms and community partners operate as an advisory panel in support of the program. The Academy continues to strengthen ties to the University of Illinois College of ACES (Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences) and to create strategic connections with other collegiate agricultural programs.

Courses to be taught include: Introduction to Agriculture, Basic Ag Science, Wildlife Management, Animal Science, and Ag Business Management

An important component of Andreas Academy activities is a 15-acre school Living Science Farm (www.facebook.com/LivingScienceFarm) to host instructional enrichment activities for animal science, agriculture test and production plots, student-run entrepreneurship, and related hands-on learning experiences.

The successful applicant may have a special interest in one or more focus areas but must demonstrate proficiency in facilitating classwork for each course. Instructors utilize both CASE curriculum and iCEV online-focused resources to deliver content. The Academy covers costs for CASE training and other relevant professional development opportunities. This position offers a competitive salary/benefits package, including significant additional compensation through the Three Circle Grant.

Please direct email or phone inquiries to:

Zach Shields
Executive Director – Decatur Public Schools Foundation

zshields@dps61.org

(217) 362-3042 (office)

(217) 853-4722 (cell)

 

Becca Merrill

Agriculture Teacher/FFA Advisor- MacArthur High School

rmmerrill@dps61.org

309-660-4677

 

www.dps61.org/foundation


--
Megan Coy
Facilitating Coordination in Ag Education (FCAE)
Phone: 217-493-8791 Cell: 217-493-8791
Email: mcoy@ilaged.org
Address: 801 N. Country Fair Dr, Champaign, IL 61820
 
     
 
 
     
     
 
 
     
     
 
EXPLORE PARTICIPATE TEACH SUPPORT GIVE
About Ag Ed
Who We Are
Secondary/HS Programs
Colleges & Universities
About Illinois FFA
Award Programs & Scholarships
Career & Leadership Events
Illinois FFA Newsletter
College Students
Ag Career Websites
IAVAT
Educator Resources
Ag Ed Advocacy
Ag Ed Careers
Career & Leadership Events
Professional Development
Postsecondary Instructors
Illinois Teach Ag
About the Alumni
Join the FFA Alumni
Illinois FFA Alumni Council
Alumni Annual Meeting
Student Scholarships
Newsletters
Downloads
About the Foundation
Donate
Ways to Give
How Can You Help
Past Member? Reconnect!
 
     
  Copyright Illinois Agricultural Education & FFA © 2022. All rights reserved.
Website designed by Wieghat Graphics, Inc.